Confusion – this is where the bits are there but they are not organised. We are confused, our mind is all over the place. This is the 1st step on the way to trance in Hypnosis and NLP.
Overwhelm – we are unable to gather the thought processes needed to progress as there is too much information. One way out is to chunk up. Chunking is a technique that we train both on our NLP training and business training courses. It is particularly useful when working with others to improve performance, in sales, therapy and education.
Confusion to Understanding
Once a diagnosis has been made, the question becomes: “What resource do we add so that we maximize the chance for getting a good result?”
With regard to confusion, we can use resources from submodalities (changing image from confusion to understanding).
We might use a confusion pattern if we wanted to create an environment for change and we would employ an understanding pattern when we want to understand something (which seems obvious but we don’t always use the obvious strategy to achieve our goals).
First one imagines the task at hand as a gigantic, somewhat threatening,mass of work. This leads to feeling overwhelmed which in turn leads to putting off doing the task. Often the feelings of overwhelm can be so intense that often one cannot even begin the task.
- Take a moment now to think of some task that puts you into “Overwhelm”.
- Let yourself make a picture of the task. Now, notice the submodalities of the picture. That is, the characteristics of the picture you have made. You are probably visualizing it at a close distance right in front of your face…and, the picture is large.
- Move the picture away from you and make it smaller; this will give you some perspective on the whole thing. It will also diminish the feelings of overwhelm which will make it possible to think more clearly and figure out how you are going to do the task.